Springer opera creators fume at Christian protests
LONDON (Reuters) - There is such a thing as bad publicity after all.
Creators of "Jerry Springer - The Opera," the musical that sparked outrage among conservative Christians when shown on British television, say protests and lobbying have dented ticket sales for a tour in what they call a blow to freedom of speech.
The outcry, which culminated in more than 60,000 people complaining to the British Broadcasting Corporation when it aired the profanity-laden show last year, has also undermined plans to take the award-winning musical to Broadway....
I`am not surprised anymore at anything british TV broadcasts. but what I do find surprising is the total inaction by OFCOM who are supposed to be the censor/regulater. Their hands must be extremly painfull with the amount of time they have been sitting on them.
He rightly believes "being a blasphemer" would help. Who would support a show that was "rubbish"? But blasphemy is something else. It's exactly what the unrighteous celebrate and hope for. They would all rally to support that particular "freedom" of speech.
This show, which is blasphemous, can just as well be a very poor show theatrically. I assume it attracts attention, much as the production, "Hair," did. Hair had a piece of music, that the secular public found good to listen to. I don't think, "Jerry Springer" has anything musical in it. So, we will cheer their protesters on even if it did have a listenable tune in it.